Is The Karlmann King The World's Most Expensive SUV?

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March 29, 2018 | BY AFP

Would you shell out US$2.2 million on a SUV?

When it comes to hypercars it's not too difficult to find something ultra exclusive and intensely powerful that will set you back more than $2 million, but, perhaps surprisingly, it's not quite the same with SUVs. But if you have got a reported $2.2 million to splash out on a new utility vehicle, the Karlmann King could be just what you're looking for.

It's the perfect antidote for those who think all today's SUVs look pretty much the same because nothing else on earth looks like this. This limited-run vehicle is based on Ford's F-550 platform, has been designed by a Chinese company called IAT, and is being built by a team based in Europe. The makers say it's a "stealth" vehicle and that it offers what they call "an unprecedented visual feast."

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How much of a visual feast the Karlmann King provides is obviously in the eye of the beholder, and just how stealthy this monster actually is could also be open to debate. But it's probably fair to say that if Batman was looking for an SUV to add to his collection, this is where his search would begin and end.

 

The Karlmann King measures in at almost 6m from front to back and weighs in at 4.5 tonnes. But if you want to go for the optional bulletproofing (and why wouldn't you?), this mighty beast will then tip the scales at an astronomical 6,000 kg.

What's perhaps a little less impressive is the engine powering the KK, which is the 6.8-liter V-10 that normally powers the Ford F-550. The 395 bhp it's said to produce in this case would normally be more than sufficient for an F-550, but it could probably do with quite a bit more here, especially in bulletproof form.

It might be ponderously slow, but your wait to get where you're going will be a comfortable one as the interior is on a par with a Rolls-Royce. Then again, it needs to be with a price of almost $2.2 million.

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